Psalm 32 reveals essential truth about how to be a blessed person. Anybody who heeds the teaching of this passage will experience true blessedness in his life.
On Being a Blessed Person
In the opening verses of Psalm 32, David makes four statements about being a blessed person, and none of them speaks about the things that the vast majority of people in the world think are important for a person to have in order for him to be a blessed person:
Psa 32:1 <A Psalm of David, Maschil.> Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
The first three statements show that a blessed person is someone whose sins God has properly dealt with so that God no longer holds him accountable for his sins. Addressing your sin problem, then, is essential for you to be a blessed person!
The fourth statement reveals that a blessed person is a person who has a truly special character—he has no guile in his spirit! Although initially we might think that this fourth statement is not closely connected to the other three, a closer look at the following verses shows us that it is.
No Guile in Assessing Our Own Sinfulness
Immediately after saying that a blessed person has no guile in his spirit, David adds,
Psa 32:3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
These verse show that when David spoke earlier about not having guile in one’s spirit, he had in view that a person must honestly acknowledge his sins to God. He must not hide his sins; instead, he must confess them to the Lord in order to have them forgiven.
To be a blessed person, you must not deceive yourself about any of your sins. You must not make any excuses for any sins that you have committed.
You must openly acknowledge them to God, who already knows all about all your sins. When you confess them to God, He will forgive you.
Only when all your sins have been dealt properly with by God will you be the blessed person that He wants you to be. God wants you to be a blessed person, and He has shown you how to be a blessed person through dealing properly with all your sins.
If you will without any deceit in your spirit repent of your sins, confess them, and forsake them, God will forgive you. Through repentance toward God and faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, you will be a blessed person!
If you are already a believer in Jesus, you still need to be a person in whose spirit there is no deceit toward God about your sins as a believer. He will forgive you when you confess them properly (1 John 1:9), and you will enjoy again being a blessed person, just as David did when he as a believer confessed his sins to God (Ps. 32:3-11).
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